This Tuesday 7/8/2014 I am offering a 15 minute session including 1-5 images, depending on how many we can capture in the 15 minutes, for only $1.00! Registrants will receive the high-resolution digital file(s) with print release as well as the ability to order professional prints at a discounted price starting at just $4 (register using the link at the end of this post)!
Why am I doing this you may be wondering? I read in the Times Dispatch about a man named Don Bright, with the help of a retired chemist, planted more than 100,000 daylilies on his 10 acres of land. Don has opened his home, free of charge, for locals to come and enjoy his beautiful gardens. Don was quoted in the Times Dispatch as saying "his goal is for the entire local community to see the day lilies, especially those unable to garden themselves. The day lilies’ beauty, he says, is powerful".
I have to admit that at first I saw this as a great business opportunity. Since I left teaching last June to follow my dreams and pursue growing this business expenses grew a great deal too. I knew that this venue would be desirable to a lot of people and I could probably throw together a quick summer mini-session and bring in some extra funds.
I got up this morning and headed over to the garden with my aunt Sis to check it out and was completely amazed with what I saw! Thousands of daylilies bursting with color! Don, the owner, came by and saw me taking pictures of a dead money tree. He asked me about it and I told him they reminded me of my grandmother who had a vase filled with dried branches. When she died I took some of the branches. I was only 16 at the time, but kept them all the way through college. I honestly don't remember what happened to them. Don then pulled up a plant, root and all, and told me to take it home and plant the seeds to grow my own. I was completely touched by his generosity and clear love of people, nature and life! It was at that point that I realized I wanted to give back as well. Don spends countless hours tending to the daylilies not to mention the cost involved to maintain them and could easily charge people to tour his gardens, but he opened up his home for free. I could certainly give a few hours of my time and talent to give back to my clients and the community.
So why $1? Why not free? Unfortunately, with such little time, the most efficient and organized way to register people is through my store on my website and I have to charge at least $1 to do that. You're dollar donation will be given to Don and his daylilies.
The gardens are only open until July 20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. If you are unable to attend the mini-session this Tuesday I encourage you to stop by and check them out before they are gone!